Women charged with running Derry brothel

Derry courthouse
Derry courthouse

Two Romanian women charged with running a brothel in Derry have been released on bail to an address in Scotland.

Madelina Andreea Dumitru (18) and Steluta Serban (23) both of 13, Grove Place in Derry had appeared on Wednesday at Derry Magistrate’s Court charged with keeping a brothel on dates between January 30 and March 27 this year.

At today’s court a police officer officer opposed bail on the grounds that police were objecting to the address put forward by the women in Glasgow.

The officer said the address was a three bed roomed flat occupied by a husband and wife and another woman.

The court was told that one of the woman at that address said she worked as an adult escort.

Police said they believed that these people would return to Romania in a week or so and hand the property over to the two defendants who could engage in similar offences.

Defence solicitor Mr. Paddy MacDermott said the address did appear to be suitable.

He said his clients just wanted to get the case over and done with but through no fault of theirs this could not be done.

He said the pair came here to follow a certain trade and were not ‘weighing on the benefits system’ nor had they stolen from anyone.

He told the court that it would be ‘unfair’ to keep them in custody for an offence that carried a six month sentence.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that while there were difficulties he did not think that a custodial sentence would be appropriate.

He released the women on bail to reside at an address in Glasgow and ordered that they not enter the North except for court.

The women will appear on May 28.